It’s been months since kiddos were able to celebrate turning a year older with friends in traditional children’s party fashion. And, while weekly birthday gatherings of 30-ish hyperactive children are but a distant memory, with lockdown restrictions slowly starting to lift, outdoor spaces for small groups certainly feel like one of the safest ways of celebrating upcoming birthdays. I’ve put together a list of outside birthday party ideas for kids in Bristol.
Forest School Party
For an adventurous outdoor birthday party, seek out a local Forest School. Many have updated their policy to comply with regulations from April 2021. Organised activities include things like making nature art, working with woodwork tools, building dens, toasting marshmallows on the fire and cooking a pizza in local woodland…magic!
Bristol companies offering Forest School parties are:
Fun equipment to hire at home
Forget giant, windowless warehouses with hundreds of kids pinging off inflatable equipment and instead re-create their beloved soft play in your own garden! Choose your package – prices range from small (£75) to large (£100), with a disco option (£135/£160) or bouncy castle (+£25).
If you have outside access to your garden, you can get involved with some splashtastic fun and hire a hot tub for your kid’s party! This company comes highly recommend via a friend of mine, who rented the hot tub for her 7 year old’s outside do in January. Particularly fun under the stars!
Available for a minimum of 4 days, be sure to check the conditions before booking.
This children’s party hire company supply pedal cars and ride-on toys for ages 2-6. Book a Dinky Delivery at home for 1-3 kids – there are three themed packages – Dinky Diner, Dinky Depot and the Outdoor Play Kit. Or, check out their ‘Parties at Home’ package for an outdoor celebration in the garden. This includes six vehicles of your choice, together with a vintage gas petrol pump, road signs and interactive props, a new outdoor teepee and a selection of costumes.
All equipment is fully cleaned and disinfected before and after delivery and delivery is fully contactless.
Hire ‘Outdoor Explorers Mini Kits’ (£24.50 for 3 days) – exciting role play equipment for children to engage, explore, and have fun outdoors at home, in an outdoor space, or in a wood. Choose from ‘Veterinary Centre’, ‘Supermarket’, ‘Hospital’, ‘Baby Nursery’, ‘Construction Site’, or ‘Cafe’. Perfect for little’uns, from babies through to 8 years old.
Sparks, slime, eruptions and rockets are the main ingredients of this fun party package. From 12 April, Fun Science are offering small, personalised birthday celebrations with activities such as popping test tubes, themed slime-making and a rocket launch in the garden!
After 17 May, Fun Science can run any of their standard party packages outdoors (max 30 people including adults) or smaller celebrations for up to 5 children inside.
Sporty outdoor birthday parties
If your offspring have got swept up in the Euros, this’ll do nicely! Kick off birthday celebrations with Active Giggles’ Bristol football parties. All hosted by an FA qualified coach, parties are designed for children aged from 5-11 and involve exciting games, soccer skills and oodles of fun – footie fanatic or not. Bristol football parties for up to 15 kids take place at Goals Bristol South, and cost £199.
A football party for up to 15 kids includes:
- 60 minutes of football fun
- A captain armband
- A trophy for the birthday child
- Certificates and medals
- Bottled drinks
- A Mitre flare football
- Drawstring boot bags
All parties are fully-refundable in the event of a COVID-enforced cancellation.
From April onwards, Froglets Sports will be offering Covid-19 safe sporty birthday party packages for kids aged 2-11 years old at an outdoor venue. Choose from 3 different options to suit your budget! All parties are led by a qualified sports coach with First Aid knowledge.
Due to COVID-19 parties are limited to 8 children and only the parents of the Birthday child will be able to stay on site. There are additional cleaning protocols in place and for the time being they cannot supple party food. A 2 hour party costs £210 for up to 8 children (minimum age 7 years old, or 6 for Nerf) which includes:
- Choice of 2 activities – choose from assault course, low ropes, archery tag, climbing wall, a woodland package, assault course and zorb football, nerf course.
- Exclusive use of a cabin
- Free T-Shirt for Birthday child
- Tea / Coffee for parents, juice for kids
- Military themed dress for the children, Camo Cream, Assault vest and Beret for Birthday Child if desired
Animal encounters birthday parties
COVID-19 secure visitor attraction, Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park, offers VIP animal encounters for groups of six to get up close to their choice of animal for an interactive 45-minute experience! Walk, feed and meet owls, alpacas, rabbits and guinea pigs, foxes, pigs or goats) inside their pens and where possible, take them for a stroll around the park.
Alpaca Emporium in Cadbury offer alpaca walking experience vouchers which last around 1-2 hours and consist of a tour of their small-holding, meeting and feeding the alpacas and walking an alpaca of your choice. Pack a party picnic to enjoy on the farm afterwards.
Arty birthday parties
Are your offspring enthusiastic wall-scrawlers or budding Banksys?! Why not encourage them to decorate somewhere other than your walls with a Graffiti Party?
Graffarty party organisers can come to your house if you have a suitable garden area for the party, or to the venue that you have hired if there is an outdoor area. The group of six allows for 4 children, 1 artist and 1 parent. They also provide all the kit, including a gazebo in case it rains on the day.
All Graffarty parties take place in line with the latest UK Government advice from 29 March, in groups of six outside, in full PPE, and socially distanced when painting.
Can you even remember the last time you went to the cinema? If you’re missing the silver screen, bring Hollywood into your own home with Sunset Cinema Company’s ‘Kid’s party package’, complete with movie-style accessories to transform your kiddo’s birthday into their own exclusive magical outdoor movie premier!
The price (£200 per outdoor booking (Fri-Sun) or £180 per outdoor booking (Mon-Thu)) includes drop off, set up and collection of the Cinema Equipment:
- 3x3m Blackout Gazebo
- Moon Chairs with fluffy covers
- Hollywood-theme Scatter Cushions
- Ladder Shelf with Sweets Bar Sign
- Popcorn Boxes
- Traditional Pic’n’Mix Sweets Jars with tongs and Sweet Paper Bags
- Milk Bottle Drinking Glasses with Paper Straws
- Personalised Movie Ticket Sign with Stand
- Directors Clapper Board
Sleep Under Bristol (whose gorgeous indoor sleepovers in festival-style tents I reviewed here) offers Bell tent and dome hire for beautiful outdoor party setups in your garden. Packages include lights, heating, and furniture that are all beautifully styled by organiser Heidi, according to your chosen theme. As you can see below, they look utterly stunning! Go for a cosy lantern-lit sleepover in a tent or twinkly stargazing dome to make your celebration super special.
Styled picnic parties
Bunging a load of Party Rings and Wotsits in a bowl is TOTALLY acceptable, but for something out of the ordinary, how about a luxury picnic, styled and set up for you in your garden?
The Party Picnic Co deliver to your home, outdoor space or a hired location and will assemble, pack down and style an immaculately-presented, personalised dinner set-up to make your birthday party celebration extra memorable. Just let Charlotte know your theme and she’ll sort everything for you.
There are various packages available, including a collaboration with Sleep Under Bristol (above) for the ultimate in fancy al fresco dining.
Outside party in the park
For a more budget affair, grab a gazebo, a bit of grub and create your own open air picnic celebration in one of Bristol’s many parks and open spaces.